“Green Places: A Celebration of Celtic and Irish Music”
Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
As a way of paying homage to St. Patrick’s Day (and as a nod to the bit of Irish in all of us!), the flute and piano duo, comprised of Sacramento flutist Dr. Alice Lenaghan and Woodland pianist Dr. Jana Olvera, will perform a special seasonal concert featuring both traditional and modern Irish and Celtic music for flute and piano, solo piano, solo flute, and flute and voice. The performers will present their trademark lively commentary before each piece, bringing the music to life so that both seasoned concert-goers as well as classical newcomers can enjoy and appreciate the musical experience. Woodland soprano Katie Carlson, a graduate of the University of the Pacific and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, will be a featured guest artist on the program. “Green Places” will mark the 10th anniversary performance of “Keys and Breeze” which has delighted audiences in Woodland, Davis and Sacramento since 2005.
“Keys and Breeze” is a classical duo featuring Dr. Alice Lenaghan (flute) and Dr. Jana Olvera (piano). They have joyfully collaborated on a series of concerts in Woodland, Davis and Sacramento over the last ten years that have delighted audiences with their fresh, vivacious approach to live classical performance. The duo enjoys performing both standard and “off-the-beaten-path” repertoire, and the artists seek to make classical concerts more audience-friendly through the use of humor, engaging verbal commentary, and intriguing repertoire choices. Past concerts with unique thematic titles such as “Who’s Afraid of Modern Music?” “Le Menu Musical” (an all-French program), and “Love is in the Air” (a Valentine’s Day concert presented at the Woodland Opera House in 2009) featured the performers moving seamlessly from solo to ensemble repertoire and mingling introductory comments on composers and styles with candid observations and innovative perspectives. Keys and Breeze was awarded a performance grant through the Yolo County Arts Council the California Arts Council, and was featured in a series of concerts in Yolo County in 2011 that included “Eureka!: Golden works by California Composers” in honor of California Arts Day.
In active orchestral musician both locally and nationally, Alice Lenaghan is Principal Flute of the Oakland East Bay Symphony, and has performed Principal Flute with the Detroit, Toledo, Flint and Napa Symphonies, and Sacramento and Michigan Operas. As a soloist, she frequently presents solo recitals and has appeared as a soloist with orchestras, including the Folsom Lake Symphony and center stage at the California State Fair. Dr. Lenaghan has served on the faculties of California State University-Chico, Albion College, Concordia and Oakland (MI) Universities and for many years directed the Flute Ensembles with the Sacramento Youth Symphony. As a member of Duo Viva, Dr. Lenaghan’s premiere CD is available from the Little Piper Music Catalogue. She holds a doctorate in flute performance from the University of Michigan in addition to performance degrees from Western Michigan University and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Her teachers include Leone Buyse, Christine Smith, Michel Debost and Ervin Monroe. Dr. Lenaghan lives with her husband in Sacramento where she enjoys cooking, reading, skiing, yoga and is an award winning knitter.
Pianist Jana LaHood Olvera, a native of Illinois, is active as a teacher and as a solo and collaborative artist. She earned degrees in piano performance and pedagogy from Bradley University (B.M.) and the University of Illinois (M.M.) and also studied piano at the graduate level at Indiana University. In 2000, she completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance and pedagogy at the University of Iowa, and explored developments in music criticism in the 1830s in her doctoral essay, “Composers as Critics: Two Case Studies in the Reception of the Romantic Piano Sonata.” At the University of Iowa, Dr. Olvera taught studio and class piano and participated in student and faculty programs as a soloist and chamber musician. From 1999-2001 Dr. Olvera was an assistant professor of piano at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Since moving to Woodland, CA, Dr. Olvera has presented several solo programs at the Woodland Opera House, including “Animalia,” a family-oriented solo piano recital, and a program of 19th century repertoire titled “Simply Romantic.” Dr. Olvera teaches classical piano to intermediate and advanced pianists in Woodland, where she lives with her husband Armando and two children. She is also the classic service pianist at University Covenant Church in Davis.
Tickets for the performance are $20 for adults and $10 for students under the age of 17.
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